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SPORTING WIN FOR UNIVERSITY

DAY OF ACTION: Students combine to produce a thrilling match at the Leicester Tigers ground
student supporters
the match

The University of Leicester 1st XV Menís Rugby Union team clinched a thrilling last minute win against their De Montfort rivals on May 3 at Welford Road, home of treble winning Leicester Tigers.

Over 4,000 tickets were sold for the game, making it one of the biggest spectator sporting events in Leicestershire during 2002. 

The game celebrated the University of Leicester's 80th Anniversary and to date is the best attended of all 80th Anniversary events.

Leading 9-0 at half time, the scores were levelled by De Montfort with just minutes to go. The 4,000+ crowd then saw a back line move from the University of Leicester result in a kick forward and the Leicester winger win the foot race to ground the ball behind the De Montfort try line. The crowd erupted and cheered the Leicester team as they defended their lead in the dying seconds - the final score being 16-9 to Leicester. 

A truly thrilling match, with hard hits and no quarter asked or given yet played with a tremendous spirit throughout.

The event was organised by Matt Weir from the University of Leicester Sports and Recreation Service and Jim Overend from the Leicester Tigers. Two Tigers-sponsored mopeds were ready respectively for the university which sold the most tickets and as a raffle prize.

Pre-match entertainment featured a tug-of-war between the two universities with De Montfort coming out winners in both the menís and womenís events. The half time 'boat-race' also went De Montfortís way.

It was a great night for spectators - the rain held off, cheerleaders led the singing and when the rugby became a little less exciting for just for a moment, three streakers (two female, one male) had their 15 seconds of fame. The De Montfort mascot (a big green crocodile) entertained the crowd with his playful antics and got covered in more than his fair share of water!

The crowd was a good mix of students and staff from both universities and they witnessed an excellent match. A local band played in the bar afterwards as players from both sides enjoyed a glass of after match refreshment.

Colin Hide
May 2002

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